Frankfurt Airport Guide
Recently, as part of a trip on the Lufthansa Global Fare, we flew out of Frankfurt Airport after a few days enjoying the city. Arriving at the airport is very easy either by taxi, train or bus. Taxi’s from the city take between 20-30 minutes to get to the airport.
Arriving at the airport the first thing you notice is all of the check-in counters and the huge screen with all of the flights and corresponding check-in counters. Like most airports check-in at the airport opens at 3-4 hours before departure, but if you have checked in online bag drop may be open (depending on your airline).
Before moving through security, you might want to take some time and have a look at the area behind the check-in counters, which is full of shops, cafes and restaurants.
When you are ready to proceed through security you will need to go to the corresponding gate area to your ticket – A, B, C, or D the letter will be in front of your gate number on your ticket, for example, for gate A19 you would proceed to security area A. Security can get busy at Frankfurt Airport, and they only let a certain number into the gate area at one time. When I tried to go through it was too busy and after waiting about 5 minutes a group of about 20 of us were taken to a different security gate which was much quicker.
After going through security you are greeted by duty-free, cafes, restaurants and other shops. There are more shops and cafes closer to the gates but there is more variety here. The duty-free closer to the gates only has a selection of alcohol and cosmetics this bigger one has everything.
The terminals are quite long but luckily moving walkways about every 100 metres or so make getting to your gate as easy as possible. There is also clear signage for the gates throughout the airport making it is very easy to navigate your way around.
Frankfurt Airport has a range of different lounges throughout including –
- Lufthansa First Class Lounge
- Lufthansa Senator Lounge
- Lufthansa Business Lounge – read our review of the Lufthansa Business Class Lounge here
- Lufthansa Panorama Lounge
- Air Canada
- Air France/KLM Lounge
- Cathay Pacific Lounge
- Emirates Lounge
- Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge
- Sky Lounge
As well as these lounges inside the airport there is also the Lufthansa Welcome Lounge right outside arrivals. Read our review of the Lufthansa Welcome Lounge here.
It is very common to transfer at Frankfurt Airport to go on to another part of Europe. There is clear signage with estimated walking time displayed throughout the airport making finding your next gate a breeze. If you like to be prepared you can visit frankfurt-airport.com or use the Lufthansa app which has up to date flight information.